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Review of Blue Sky Alpaca’s Dyed Cotton Yarn

In Dishcloths, stash on November 10, 2008 at 3:32 pm

In January when I had purchased this yarn from Loop, LYS in Philadelphia, I had confessed my hatred of cotton. To reiterate, I stated the following:

1. If my hands get the least bit warm, cotton sticks to them like feather to tar.
2. Cotton lacks the stickiness of wool. Wool wants to lay down with its fellow kind. Cotton has no such feelings. Thus, as the Yarn Harlot would say, “it’s not as forgiving as lovely wool”. It separates with the flick of a needle and is slippery to boot.
3. It’s not as warm. In Pennsylvania, the cold months outnumber the warm months. It’s important to have something warm nearby at all times.
4. It’s not as easy, fun or enjoyable to knit as lovely wool. It takes a steadier hand and more patience.

After using up the first skein of this yarn in the scarf I am knitting, I am singing a different tune.

Though I can’t deny any of the above statements, I must admit that I have enjoyed knitting Blue Sky Cotton.

Not once has the yarn separated on me. Not once has the yarn stuck to my fingers. Of course, the latter could be due to the fact that it’s Fall and temperatures have already dropped enough that Jake has no trouble going twice the distance we normally walked in the summer.

However, the best part about the yarn is its softness. It’s not as soft as alpaca or merino, but that is hardly a fair comparison. I wouldn’t rate it any lower than one rung down though.

Speaking of the scarf I am knitting, it’s 75% done. It has been such a quick and easy project.

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  1. good to know! perhaps i’ll give it a try in the near future.

  2. It’s nice stuff isn’t it! I knit a shell vest in it a while back and have enjoyed wearing it very much.

    I love the scarf – is this an original design of yours?

  3. I’m glad you like the cotton. The scarf looks fun!

  4. The scarf is very pretty. I’m glad the cotton yarn is doing well. I made an entire boodie out of cotton yarn, I liked it so well I made two. I think it depends on the yarn!!
    Vicki

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